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  • Danny Valencia scratched with neck issue
    Danny Valencia (neck) was scratched from the Athletics starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: The issue is believed to be minor, but there's no real reason to push him at this point. Matt Olson will take his place in the lineup and bat ninth against Taijuan Walker and the Mariners on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:44 pm
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    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Evan Gattis not in Astros lineup on Friday
    Evan Gattis is not in the Astros starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: It's just a day of rest for the White Bear, who has been doing a lot of work behind the plate recently. Expect to see him at some point on Friday as a pinch hitter and and his return to the lineup on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:08 pm
    7:05 pm @LAA
     
  • Denard Span not in Giants lineup on Friday
    Denard Span is not in the Giants starting lineup for Friday's showdown against the Dodgers.

    Advice: With tough left-hander Rich Hill on the mound for the Dodgers, Span will take a seat in favor of Gorkys Hernandez. It doesn't get any easier with Clayton Kershaw on tap for Saturday, so it's possible he sits that one out as well. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:21 pm
  • Jorge Soler (side) expected back Sunday
    Jorge Soler (side) is expected to play on Sunday.

    Advice: Soler has played just twice in the past two weeks due to a side injury. He'll have to show he's healthy on Sunday in order to be part of the NLDS roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:31 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 7-1 @Cin
     
  • Matt Holliday activated from disabled list
    Cardinals activated OF Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: He's not going to play much in the final weekend, though, as the Cards just want to get him a token appearance so that the impending free agent can be recognized by the fans. General manager John Mozeliak said Friday that the likelihood of the team picking up Holliday's option for 2017 is "very low." Rotoworld.com Today, 2:24 pm
  • Cards expected to activate Holliday (thumb)
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals "are ready to activate" Matt Holliday (thumb).

    Advice: It's a change in course, as just a couple days ago Goold reported that Holliday returning was unlikely. However, Goold cautions that it's "hard to tell what role (if any)" Holliday will have in the final weekend. It could just be an opportunity for him to get a token plate appearance or two in order to be recognized by the fans since he's an impending free agent. Holliday has missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:53 pm
  • Brett Gardner not in Friday's lineup
    Brett Gardner is not in the Yankees' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off as the Yanks rest some regulars following their elimination from the playoff picture. Mason Williams will handle left field. Starlin Castro is also sitting out, as Ronald Torreyes is at second base. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:25 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo activated from disabled list
    Rangers activated OF Shin-Soo Choo from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: It had looked like Choo was done for the regular season when he fractured his left forearm in mid-August, but he's managed to make it back for the final series. He's in right field and batting seventh Friday, as Carlos Gomez has retained the leadoff spot for now. Nomar Mazara is on the bench. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:04 pm
  • Harper (thumb) returns to Nationals' lineup
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: It will be his first game since he injured his left thumb on an awkward slide Sunday. Harper is in his customary No. 3 spot in the lineup and in right field against Andrew Cashner and the Marlins. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:28 am
  • Report: Cards won't pick up Holliday's option
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Cardinals do not plan to exercise Matt Holliday's $17 million option for 2017.

    Advice: He also adds that they won't extend him a similarly priced qualifying offer, either. Holliday, who will turn 37 over the winter, has had a career-worst season at the plate, batting .242/.318/.450 with 19 homers over 424 plate appearances. He's missed the last seven weeks with a fractured thumb. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
  • Indians want to re-sign 1B Mike Napoli
    Jon Heyman of TodaysKnuckleball.com reports that the Indians want to re-sign impending free agent Mike Napoli.

    Advice: Napoli has proved to be one of the best free agent bargains of last winter by batting .242/.338/.473 with 34 homers and 101 RBI in 2016. Heyman says that the slugger, not surprisingly, wants a multi-year contract this offseason. He also notes that the Indians "may need to go far in the postseason" in order to be able to afford to make Napoli a qualifying offer. Of course, Napoli would probably turn it down, anyway. He'll turn 35 in a month. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:04 am
  • Schebler (hamstring) delivers as pinch-hitter
    Scott Schebler (hamstring) hit a game-tying infield single as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's loss to the Cardinals.

    Advice: Schebler didn't start again after tweaking his left hamstring Tuesday, but he came through with a cue shot with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth that tie the game. The Reds then lost the game in controversial fashion in the bottom of the frame. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:16 am
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    Top 9, 1-7 vs ChC
     
  • Seth Smith (foot) doesn't miss a start
    Seth Smith (foot) was hitless in three at-bats Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: Smith departed Wednesday's game after being hit on the foot by a pitch, but he didn't have to miss a start. The Mariners are slated to face righties the next two days, so Smith will be back in there. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:13 am
    7:10 pm vs Oak
     
  • Pagan singles, triples in win over Rockies
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with a triple in Thursday's win over the Rockies.

    Advice: The triple was Pagan's fifth of the season. In addition, he is slashing .272/.325/.408 with 11 homers, 53 RBI and 68 RBI across 485 at-bats. He has notched multi-hit showings in three of his last six games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • David Dahl races around for RBI triple in L
    David Dahl went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

    Advice: Dahl notched his RBI three-bagger against Johnny Cueto in the first inning. It gave the Rockies an early 2-0 lead, one which they would squander as the game progressed. Since being called up in the middle of the summer, Dahl, 22, has impressed to the tune of a .316/.362/.512 triple-slash across 209 at-bats. In addition, the outfielder has mashed seven homers and driven in 24 runs. He has picked up an extra-base hit in each of his last four games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Orlando posts four-hit night in loss to Twins
    Paulo Orlando went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Orlando is finishing the 2016 season in style, as he's now got a seven-game hitting streak during which he's 14-for-27 with three doubles. The 30-year-old has been a pleasant surprise all around for the Royals, batting .307/.335/.410 in 125 games and forcing his way into everyday at-bats between right and center field. Orlando should once again vie for regular playing time in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Pederson doubles twice, drives in three runs
    Joc Pederson went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Padres.

    Advice: Pederson notched two separate RBI doubles in this one, driving in one run with his two-bagger in the fifth inning and following that up with a two-run double in the sixth inning. He struck out in his other two at-bats. In an even 400 at-bats this season, the 24-year-old outfielder is slashing .248/.354/.500 with 25 homers, 68 RBI and 26 doubles. The triple-slash is a uniform improvement on the .210/.346/.417 mark he posted a year ago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Buxton knocks two-run triple in win over KC
    Byron Buxton went 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run triple and two runs scored in a win over the Royals on Thursday.

    Advice: Buxton laced a liner into the left-center field gap in the seventh inning to plate the pair, eventually coming around to score himself later in the inning. Nothing in his big league career has gone the way the Buxton had hoped, but he does have eight homers and 10 steals in 89 games this year and he's still just 22 years old. There's still plenty of time for him to deliver on the promise so many saw in 2012. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Mikie Mahtook doubles, homers in win over CWS
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Thursday's win over the White Sox.

    Advice: Mahtook took a Jose Quintana offering for a solo ride in the fourth inning. The dinger was his third of the season. While the 26-year-old outfielder is hitting just .199/.237/.295 over 176 at-bats, he has picked it up of late, notching two-hit efforts in three of his last four games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Hicks has RBI double, run scored versus Sox
    Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

    Advice: Hicks swatted the run-scoring double in the eighth inning to extend the Yankees' lead. It's been a disappointing year for the 26-year-old overall, batting .218/.277/.338 in 120 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Ender Inciarte not in Thursday's lineup
    Ender Inciarte is not in the Braves' lineup Thursday.

    Advice: The hot-hitting outfield is getting a day of rest. Mallex Smith is in center field. Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers are also sitting out, as the Braves have Rio Ruiz and Anthony Recker at third base and catcher, respectively. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Bryant, Rizzo, Fowler taking night off Thurs.
    Kris Bryant is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Thursday night against the Pirates.

    Advice: Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler are also sitting as Cubs manager Joe Maddon continues to find rest for his regulars with the NLDS set to begin next week. Tommy La Stella is at third base and batting leadoff. Javier Baez is at first base and Albert Almora is in center field. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:40 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Top 9, 7-1 @Cin
     
  • Betts, Pedroia, Hanley, Leon sitting Thursday
    Mookie Betts is out of the Red Sox starting lineup on Thursday night against the Yankees.

    Advice: Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, and Sandy Leon are also receiving a day of rest after the Red Sox clinched the American League East title on Wednesday night with the Blue Jays' loss to the Orioles. David Ortiz is starting at DH in what will be his final game at Yankee Stadium. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:26 pm
    Top 6, 1-3 vs Tor
     
  • Tomas scratched Thursday due to stiff neck
    Yasmany Tomas was scratched from the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday with a stiff neck.

    Advice: Brandon Drury is in left field and Socrates Brito is now in right field for the afternoon tilt at Nationals Park. Tomas could very well remain limited over the regular season's final weekend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:28 am
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    6:40 pm vs SD
     
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out Thursday
    Bryce Harper (thumb) remains sidelined Thursday.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday against the Pirates and hasn't played since. His official status is still day-to-day. Michael Taylor will start in right field and bat seventh Thursday versus Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Braun (wrist) goes 1-for-4 in return Wed.
    Ryan Braun (wrist) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return to action Wednesday.

    Advice: Braun sat out Tuesday due to mild wrist soreness. The veteran outfielder has put together a terrific 2016 campaign, slashing .307/.368/.542 with 30 home runs, 90 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and 79 runs scored in 133 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • Kole Calhoun hits 18th homer
    Kole Calhoun went 2-for-4 and hit his 18th homer Wednesday as the Angels beat the A's 8-6.

    Advice: Calhoun wasn't very good the first two months of the second half, but he's torn it up lately, going 11-for-18 with five doubles in his last five games. His .350 OBP is a nice surprise; he hit 26 homers last year, but he came in at just .308 in the OBP department then. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:34 pm
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4, hits three-run HR
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 and delivered a clutch three-run home run to lead the Rangers over the Brewers 8-5 on Wednesday.

    Advice: His blast in the eighth inning broke open a tie game against his former team. Gomez has played much better since joining the Rangers a month ago. He's now up to eight home runs and 24 RBI in 31 games with Texas after managing just five homers and 29 RBI in 85 games with the Astros. Gomez also has 18 stolen bases overall. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) to return Friday
    Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) is expected to rejoin the Rangers on Friday.

    Advice: Choo is on the mend from a fractured left forearm sustained on August 17. In terms of his potential postseason role, it is more likely that the Rangers utilize him in the outfield than at designated hitter. But it's all up in the air at the moment. Choo was batting .247/.369/.416 with seven home runs and six stolen bases in 45 games before his latest disabled list stint. He has also missed time this season with back, calf, and hamstring injuries. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
  • Schebler out of lineup with hamstring injury
    Scott Schebler is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals due to left hamstring tightness.

    Advice: With Schebler hobbled, Hernan Iribarren is manning center field in his place. Iribarren is slated to hit second. Given the lateness of this injury on the schedule and the Reds' lack of contention, it is possible that Schebler could be finished for 2016. In 252 at-bats, the 25-year-old outfielder has slashed .266/.330/.437 with nine homers and 39 RBI. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:01 pm
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    Top 9, 1-7 vs ChC
     
  • Seth Smith exits Wed. after being hit in foot
    Seth Smith was lifted for a pinch-runner after being hit in the foot during Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    Advice: Smith was struck in the foot by a pitch in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Gamel subsequently came on to pinch-run for him. The Mariners should provide an update as to Smith's status later on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:25 pm
    7:10 pm vs Oak
     
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out Wednesday
    Bryce Harper (thumb) remains out of the Nationals' lineup on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Harper hasn't appeared in a game since injuring his left thumb on an awkward slide into third base Sunday against the Pirates. X-rays taken Monday came back negative and he should be fine for the start of the NLDS. Brian Goodwin will handle right field and bat sixth Wednesday versus Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:03 pm
  • Gomez has three-run HR in win over Brewers
    Carlos Gomez hit a three-run home run and the Rangers topped the Brewers 6-4 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Gomez jumped on a pitch by his former teammate Jimmy Nelson in the third inning, tying the game with his three-run shot. He's now got seven homers, 21 RBI and 18 runs scored since joining the Rangers in late August, a signal that perhaps a change of scenery was all the 30-year-old needed. Gomez will make for an interesting free agent case this offseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Braun out Tuesday because of wrist soreness
    Ryan Braun is out Tuesday with a sore wrist.

    Advice: But the veteran outfielder is expected to return to action Wednesday, so it's obviously not too serious. Michael Reed will start in left field and bat eighth Tuesday versus Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:36 pm
  • MRI shows no damage in Soler's right side
    An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage.

    Advice: Soler is hanging back in Chicago for now, but he should rejoin the Cubs for their final regular-season series this weekend in Cincinnati. This was the second MRI on his right side, which has been causing Soler discomfort for the last two weeks. It sounds like a relatively minor oblique issue. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:44 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 7-1 @Cin
     
  • Holliday (thumb) doubtful to return this year
    Matt Holliday (thumb) is doubtful to return to the Cardinals' active roster this year.

    Advice: Holliday was aiming to take live batting practice over the weekend, but it didn't happen. The veteran outfielder is apparently still dealing with some discomfort and strength issues surrounding his surgically-repaired right thumb. St. Louis has an interesting decision to make this winter with Holliday holding a $17 million club option for 2017. He posted a career-low .768 OPS with 19 homers and 60 RBI in 107 games this season and will turn 37 years old in January. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Braun getting night off Tuesday versus Texas
    Ryan Braun is getting the night off Tuesday.

    Advice: Michael Reed will start in left field and bat eighth versus Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Braun, who's slashing .307/.368/.544 with 30 home runs and 90 RBI in 132 games this season. He also has 16 stolen bases and 78 runs scored. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) not in Tuesday's lineup
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Fortunately, X-rays came back negative on Harper's left thumb, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker wants to give him another day. There's a chance he could play on Wednesday. Brian Goodwin will make another start in right field on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:28 pm
  • Bryant, Russell sitting Tuesday vs. Pirates
    Kris Bryant is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Advice: Addison Russell, Jason Heyward, and Willson Contreras are also getting some rest for the Cubs as they look for their 101st victory of the season. Tommy La Stella will start at third base while Javier Baez will play second. Chris Coghlan and Ben Zobrist are in the corner outfield spots and Miguel Montero is behind the plate. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:07 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
    Top 9, 7-1 @Cin
     
  • Carlos Gomez goes 3-for-4 against Brewers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: The Astros could have used this Gomez, but it just wasn't happening. He has more homers (six) in 102 at-bats for Texas than he did in 295 at-bats for Houston (five). He's also hitting .275 with 12 walks, giving him a .357 OBP. His OBP in Houston was .272. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:14 pm
  • X-rays negative on Bryce Harper's thumb
    Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that X-rays on Bryce Harper's left thumb came back negative.

    Advice: Good news for Harper, who injured his thumb on an awkward slide into third base on Sunday. The swelling has gone down and the thought is that he could be ready to play again later this week. He should be good to go for the postseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Soler to have right side examined
    Jorge Soler will have his right side examined.

    Advice: Soler recently missed some time with tightness in his side and he was moving gingerly during Sunday's game. The Cubs should have an update on his status by the end of the day Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:55 pm
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    Top 9, 7-1 @Cin
     
  • Nats don't think Harper's thumb is serious
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that they don't anticipate Bryce Harper's thumb injury to be serious.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he was forced to make an awkward slide on a fake tag from Jung Ho Kang at third base. Rizzo hasn't seen Harper's X-rays yet, but we should have more clarity on the situation at some point in the next 24 hours. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:58 pm
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) out of Nats lineup Mon.
    Bryce Harper (thumb) is absent from the Nationals' starting lineup on Monday night.

    Advice: Harper injured his left thumb Sunday when he slid awkwardly into third base after a fake tag by Jung Ho Kang. He is scheduled to undergo X-rays at some point Monday. Brian Goodwin will start in right field and bat seventh in the Nationals' series opener against the Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:26 pm
  • David Dahl goes deep in loss to Dodgers
    David Dahl clobbered a solo homer on Sunday as the Rockies fell to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Dahl's solo blast off of Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning, but it would prove to be short-lived. The homer was Dahl's lone hit in four at-bats on the afternoon. He has acclimated himself well to big league pitching thus far, slashing .315/.357/.500 with seven homers and 23 RBI. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:17 pm
  • Harper listed as day-to-day with sore thumb
    Bryce Harper is listed as day-to-day due to soreness in his left thumb.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that his injury is serious, but he'll head for precautionary X-rays on Monday to make sure. Harper sustained his injury during Sunday's game when he slid awkwardly into third base after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:05 pm
  • Bryce Harper exits with apparent hand injury
    Bryce Harper departed Sunday's game against the Pirates with an apparent injury to his left hand.

    Advice: Harper slid awkwardly into third base in the top of the third inning after Jung Ho Kang faked a tag and appeared to hurt his hand. He stayed in and wound up scoring a run but was then removed before the bottom of the frame. The Nationals should provide an update on Harper shortly. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:58 am
  • Danny Valencia sitting out on Sunday
    Danny Valencia is not in the Athletics' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: It's a routine day off. Matt Olson is in right field Sunday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:16 am
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    7:10 pm @Sea
     
  • Yasmany Tomas pulled for not hustling
    Yasmany Tomas was pulled from Saturday's game against the Orioles for an apparent lack of hustle.

    Advice: Tomas failed to run hard to first base following a dropped third strike in the fourth inning. Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale wouldn't confirm it was the reason he pulled Tomas, nor did he confirm it last year for a similar incident involving Tomas. "It’s between he and I," Hale said. "That’s a personal thing. Yas has played his tail off all year for us. He’s one of the guys on this team I really love. That’s just between he and I." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:43 am
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    6:40 pm vs SD
     
  • Pagan goes 3-for-5 with an RBI, run and steal
    Angel Pagan went 3-for-5 with an RBI, stole a base and scored a run in the Giants' extra-inning win on Saturday.

    Advice: He drove in a run with a single in the first inning. He scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a Kelby Tomlinson single. Pagan has a .273 batting average with 11 bombs, 51 RBI and 66 runs scored in 122 games this year. He has pitched in 14 stolen bases as well. He is a decent extra outfielder in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:19 pm
  • Schebler collects three hits, two runs scored
    Scott Schebler went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in a win over the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: The outfielder had a double to go with two singles in the contest. The 25-year-old had a terrible start to the year, leading to his demotion in early May, but he's making up for it with a strong finish. Schebler is now hitting .320 in September with a homer, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored this month. He's batting .256/.322/.420 overall. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:53 pm
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 1-7 vs ChC
     
  • Calhoun goes 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs
    Kole Calhoun went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Astros.

    Advice: He had an RBI single in the eighth inning and a ground rule double in the ninth to drive in another run. He has a .264 batting average with 17 home runs, 70 RBI and 88 runs scored after 150 games. He is a solid fourth fantasy outfielder. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:01 pm
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Holliday scratched from another BP session
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will not take batting practice this weekend.

    Advice: He's going to meet with a specialist and hopefully try again Monday. Holliday has encountered numerous setbacks in his recovery from thumb surgery and is running out of time to make his return with only a week left in the regular season. The 36-year-old hasn't played since August 11. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Choo (forearm) facing live pitching Saturday
    Shin-Soo Choo (forearm) took batting practice against live pitching on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rangers are very hopeful that Choo will be active for the start of the ALDS, and it's not inconceivable that he could return in time to get a few at-bats before the end of the regular season. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a fractured left forearm. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:14 am
  • Soler (side) returns to Cubs lineup Saturday
    Jorge Soler returned to the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: Soler has been held out of the lineup since experiencing tightness in his side last Friday. He's getting the start in left field and will bat seventh against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:14 am
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 7-1 @Cin
     
  • Soler (side) strikes out in pinch hiting role
    Jorge Soler (side) struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday afternoon's victory over the Cardinals.

    Advice: He was forced to leave last Friday's game due to tightness in his side and hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since. He's expected to return at some point this weekend. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:46 am
    Day-to-Day
    Top 9, 7-1 @Cin
     
  • Ryan Braun collects game-winner on Friday
    Ryan Braun came through with a two-run single in the seventh inning on Friday, propelling the Brewers to a 5-4 victory over the Reds.

    Advice: Braun also singled and stole a base in the ballgame, finishing the night 2-for-4. He has been extremely productive when he's been on the field this season, slashing .307/.369/.545 with 30 homers, 90 RBI and 16 stolen bases in just 129 games. While he remains an injury-risk, he's still one of the top five-category contributors in fantasy leagues and should be drafted as such next spring. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:24 pm
  • Betts reaches base four times in win
    Mookie Betts went 3-for-4 with a walk in Friday’s win over the Rays.

    Advice: All three hits were singles. Betts has now hit safely in 10 straight games. The American League MVP candidate is batting .321/.365/.543 on the year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:11 pm
    Top 6, 1-3 vs Tor
     
  • Mahtook homers in loss to Red Sox
    Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-4 with a solo homer against the Red Sox on Friday.

    Advice: Mahtook’s second-inning homer against Drew Pomeranz was the only offense of the night for the Rays. The 26-year-old is seeing most of the playing time in right field with Steven Souza and Nick Franklin sidelined, but there’s not much to get excited about in fantasy leagues here. Mahtook is batting just .182/.226/.253 with two homers and 10 RBI over 57 games this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:10 pm
  • Kole Calhoun back in Angels' lineup Friday
    Kole Calhoun is back in the Angels' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Calhoun was away for a few days following the birth of his son. He's in right field and batting second against Doug Fister and the Astros. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:41 pm
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) to take live BP again
    Matt Holliday (thumb) will take live batting practice again this weekend before being activated from the disabled list.

    Advice: Holliday took live BP on Friday with no issues but the Cardinals want to see him do it once more before they return him to the active roster. It's unclear whether Holliday would be ready for regular at-bats right away upon activation. He's been out since early August with a fractured right thumb. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:58 am
  • Matt Holliday (thumb) takes live BP
    Matt Holliday (thumb) took live batting practice Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Advice: Holliday was scratched from a simulated game last Saturday due to swelling in his surgically-repaired right thumb, but he resumed live hitting earlier this week. It seems likely that he's not going to be 100 percent at any point the rest of the way, but the Cardinals could wind up activating him, anyway, even it's to be used in a secondary role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 am
  • Byron Buxton socks solo home run in loss
    Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Tigers.

    Advice: Buxton burned Justin Verlander for a solo home run in the fifth inning. That shot knotted the score at 2-2, but the Twins wouldn't score again in the game and the Tigers eventually prevailed by a 4-2 final. In 264 at-bats, the 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .222/.276/.414 with eight homers, 32 RBI and nine steals. While Buxton has yet to make a real fantasy impact, he has all the talent in the world. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • Inciarte legs out triple, scores twice in win
    Ender Inciarte went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Marlins.

    Advice: Inciarte, sometimes the forgotten man in the Shelby Miller trade that sent first overall pick Dansby Swanson to the Braves along with Inciarte and Aaron Blair, has quietly had a very good first season in Atlanta. Aside from making game-saving catches, the 25-year-old is also hitting .296/.354/.389 with 16 stolen bases and 80 runs scored. If Swanson was the main prize, Inciarte has been the cherry on top for the Braves. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Calhoun to return to Angels lineup on Friday
    Kole Calhoun is expected to return to the Angels starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: The right fielder missed the past three games to be with his wife for the birth of his son. The 28-year-old will return to a .263/.342/.418 slash line with 17 homers and 68 RBI on the season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:20 pm
    7:05 pm vs Hou
     
  • Denard Span not in Giants lineup Thursday
    Denard Span is not in the Giants starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Padres.

    Advice: It appears to be just a routine day of rest for the speedy center fielder. Gorkys Hernandez is starting in his place and batting fifth for the Giants on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:49 pm
  • GM Rizzo called meeting on Harper's shoulder
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports Nationals GM Mike Rizzo held a closed-door meeting with Bryce Harper, trainer Paul Lessard, and manager Dusty Baker to discuss Harper's right shoulder.

    Advice: This impromptu discussion came soon after the second report from SI.com's Tom Verducci, in which Verducci again stated that Harper is playing through serious neck and shoulder discomfort. That story featured many intimate details, including a quote from one source stating that Harper "could barely throw the ball 40 feet" at one point this summer. "Bryce said it didn’t come from him," Baker told the Washington Post on Wednesday. "Nobody really knows where it comes from because it’s not on the injury report. The trainer said no." Whatever the case, the proof is in the pudding that Harper isn't anywhere close to 100 percent. The reigning National League MVP is batting just .172 in September and .223 since the beginning of July. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:36 am
  • Gattis clocks pair of homers in win over A's
    Evan Gattis swatted a pair of home runs in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the A's.

    Advice: Gattis rocked a two-run home run in the sixth inning to bump the Astros to a 4-1 lead, then came back around to bash a solo shot in the eighth. For the season, the 30-year-old slugger is slashing .249/.318/.510 with 30 homers and 67 RBI over 418 at-bats. He has homered five times in his last 10 games and has already notched a career-high for long balls. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:11 pm
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  • Danny Valencia strikes out twice in defeat
    Danny Valencia went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 10-inning loss to the Astros.

    Advice: Valencia could not find a hit on the evening, a common theme for the A's. As a team, they managed just a trio of singles over 10 innings. For the season as a whole, Valencia is slashing .287/.348/.455 with 17 homers and 51 RBI over 442 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:15 pm
    Day-to-Day
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  • Gomez' three hits, two runs spark Rangers
    Carlos Gomez went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

    Advice: Gomez once again served as a sparkplug atop the Rangers' lineup, leading off the first and third innings with hits and scoring the team's first two runs of the game. He's now got multiple hits in four straight contests to bring his average up to .276 since joining the Rangers in late August. His revival in Arlington will make the 30-year-old one of the more fascinating players to watch come draft season next spring. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:21 pm
  • Bryant knocks RBI double, scores against Reds
    Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

    Advice: The multi-hit game was just Bryant's second of the month and his first since September 3. It's not exactly how the 24-year-old would like to be hitting as the postseason approaches, but Tuesday shows that it only takes one night for him to make his presence felt. Bryant now has 35 doubles to go with 37 homers, 97 RBI, 116 runs and eight steals on the year. He should be just fine come October. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:42 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 1B,3B,OF
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  • Braun's wife gives birth to baby boy
    Ryan Braun's wife Larisa gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday afternoon.

    Advice: The kid was named Greyson Joseph. Braun is out of the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the visiting Pirates, but it sounds like he could return to action Wednesday. Jake Elmore drew the start in left field versus Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:52 pm
  • Braun (wife having son) excused from Brewers
    Ryan Braun has been excused from the Brewers with his wife Larisa going into child labor.

    Advice: She is expected to give birth to a baby boy in the next day or so. Jake Elmore will start in left field and bat sixth for the Brewers on Tuesday night against Pirates left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
  • Ryan Braun out again Tuesday versus Bucs
    Ryan Braun is out of the Brewers' lineup for Tuesday's series opener versus the Pirates.

    Advice: Braun also sat out of Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, so something could be up here. His wife is apparently close to her due date with the couple's second child, but there's been no announcement from Braun or the Brewers. The veteran outfielder slugged his 29th and 30th homers of the season on Saturday, finishing that game with five RBI. Jake Elmore is in left field and batting sixth Tuesday night against Bucs left-hander Steven Brault. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:43 pm
  • Yankees activate OF Hicks from 15-day DL
    Yankees activated OF Aaron Hicks from the 15-day disabled list.

    Advice: Hicks has been out since August 31 with a Grade 2 sprain of his right hamstring, but he'll make his return Tuesday against the Rays. He'll start in right field and bat second against left-hander Drew Smyly. Hicks is batting just .213/.273/.330 with seven homers over 112 games this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:19 pm
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